I think I could be pretty safe in saying, that if you are visiting this website, you have picked up the original Nintendo Game Boy at one point or another. It had a small screen, was difficult to see at night and in direct sunlight, but when you get right down to it, it was just a fun system. This is a personal one for me, because I can remember getting my first Game Boy in October of 1989. Mom and dad picked me up from school, and I was given the Game Boy as a present because we were about to take a 6 hour drive. (What great parents I have!) While it makes me feel old to say this, it must be acknowledged. The Nintendo Game Boy first launched to Japanese audiences, 25 years ago today. Under the cut, a little bit of history and fun about the handheld console that just wouldn’t quit, even with the competition that followed.
Growing up, one of my favorite video games was “Maniac Mansion“. It still has quite a following, including being used as the basis of a retelling of the 1980 film “The Shining“! I personally grew up playing the somewhat edited and censored Nintendo NES version, and completely missed out on the PC versions that were released originally. Many fans of the game already know about its sequel, “Day Of The Tentacle”. A new technical demonstration from a programmer on SpritesMind has brought the possibility of a new port on the Sega Genesis platform. But will it ever become a reality?
One of Sierra Online’s most popular and cherished franchises for the mature audience is without a doubt “Leisure Suit Larry“, one of their famous graphical text adventures about the original virgin on a mission. This game was released on nearly every computer system possible, from the Apple II & DOS compatibles, to the Amiga & TRS-80 Color Computer. Recently, Khan Games has been working on a new port of the game for the 8-bit NES console, and we just received word that the title is ready to start beta testing.
A little while back we gave information to our readers about how one could turn their iOS device into a Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance compatible system, by using a program called GBA4iOS. The beauty of this program is that jailbreaking was not required, something that many fans of the Apple platform were very pleased to hear. While it’s a great program, I personally found that sometimes playing certain games was difficult due to the lack of physical buttons. A new Indiegogo project to working on fixing that problem, by offering a new item called the “G-Pad”, which will give you that ability.
One of my favorite puzzle games growing up was the original classic “Lemmings”. I’ve played it for a wide variety of consoles over the years including Game Boy and Philips CD-i, and it was ported to a large amount of other systems. A sequel, “Lemmings 2: The Tribes” was also released for many of the 16-bit consoles, including the Mega Drive and Super Famicom. However recently, it was discovered that this sequel was actually planned for Sega’s 8-bit based Game Gear and Master System as well, although was never released. The prototypes were found, and made available to the general public as ROM images. Plus, this was done by the original developer.